Tai Chi

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IMG_0509Often shortened to t’ai chitaiji or tai chi in English usage, t’ai chi ch’uan or tàijíquán is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.

The term “t’ai chi ch’uan” translates as “supreme ultimate fist”, “grand supreme fist”, “boundless fist”, “supreme ultimate boxing” or “great extremes boxing”.

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Taijitu - Small (CW).svg T’ai chi ch’uan theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of Taoism and Confucianism.

It is purported that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity.

The physical techniques of t’ai chi ch’uan are described in the “T’ai chi classics“, a set of writings by traditional masters, as being characterized by the use of leverage through the joints based on coordination and relaxation, rather than muscular tension, in order to neutralize, yield, or initiate attacks. The slow, repetitive work involved in the process of learning how that leverage is generated gently and measurably increases, opens the internal circulation (breath, body heat, bloodlymphperistalsis, etc.).

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The study of t’ai chi ch’uan primarily involves three aspects:

  • Health: An unhealthy or otherwise uncomfortable person may find it difficult to meditate to a state of calmness or to use t’ai chi ch’uan as a martial art. T’ai chi ch’uan’s health training, therefore, concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. For those focused on t’ai chi ch’uan’s martial application, good physical fitness is an important step towards effective self-defense.
  • Meditation: The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of t’ai chi ch’uan is seen as necessary in maintaining optimum health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis) and in application of the form as a soft style martial art.
  • Martial art: The ability to use t’ai chi ch’uan as a form of self-defense in combat is the test of a student’s understanding of the art. T’ai chi ch’uan is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces, the study of yielding and “sticking” to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force.[11] The use of t’ai chi ch’uan as a martial art is quite challenging and requires a great deal of training.[12]

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